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Man pleads guilty over uncle's killing

A 38-year-old Polish national due to go on trial earlier this week for the murder of his uncle yesterday pleaded guilty to his manslaughter at the remote Co Antrim home they shared
A 38-year-old Polish national due to go on trial earlier this week for the murder of his uncle yesterday pleaded guilty to his manslaughter at the remote Co Antrim home they shared

By Michael Donnelly

A 38-year-old Polish national due to go on trial earlier this week for the murder of his uncle yesterday pleaded guilty to his manslaughter at the remote Co Antrim home they shared.

Defence QC Richard Greene had asked for the murder charge to be put to Marek Marcin Sinko when he appeared yesterday before Antrim Crown Court sitting in Belfast.

Sinko pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter of his uncle Eugeniusz Sinko between October 20 and 23, 2017.

Prosecution QC David McDowell said the plea was acceptable on the basis that it "was an unlawful act".

Mr Justice Colton released Sinko, who will be sentenced in the new year, on continuing bail.

The body of Sinko's uncle was found at their remote cottage at Townhill Road on the outskirts of the village of Rasharkin.

However, at a previous hearing, a court was told the cause of death was due to "traumatic brain injury".

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